Primrose Hill may have a reputation for wife-swapping but over in Shropshire way there is a different type of bird being passed around among the society set. However there are no keys in a bowl, instead it’s various types of poultry who are on the move.
Elizabeth Hurley was the first after a move from her Cotswolds home meant that she was no longer able to look after her chickens in the style to which they had once been accustomed. Her solution? Getting fellow country bumpkins William Cash and Laura Cathcart to adopt them into their Shropshire country pile:
Cash — who stood as the Ukip candidate for North Warwickshire in the general election — reassures Miss S that the chickens are settling in well to their new home: ‘Laura now has twenty rare chickens’. However, they have now had to offload some birds of their own; ‘It’s a bit of a whirligig as our five miscreant peacocks were handed to Lucy Birley.’
While Birley and her husband Robin — the 5 Hertford Street owner and prominent Ukip donor — no doubt gave the birds a good temporary home, the peacocks have now been placed permanently with one of Lucy’s friends.
Let it never be said that Ukip men don’t know how to treat their birds.